About

Rich
       McCoy

 

My passion for art was sparked in the untamed terrain of the African desert, where I was raised by the bushmen. The vast open spaces and untamed animals served as a profound source of inspiration, which has remained a critical influence in my creative journey.

While my work spans a wide range of mediums and techniques, I always try to stay true to my roots as a painter, sculptor, and photographer. Through years of honing my craft, I have learned to push the boundaries of what is possible in the digital realm while maintaining a sense of depth and richness that is often lacking in the digital world.

Ultimately, my goal as an artist is not to break down barriers or push boundaries for their own sake but to connect with people and create a sense of community through the shared experience of art. Whether through immersive installations or emotive paintings, I hope to inspire my audience to see the world in new and unexpected ways.

As an artist and digital pioneer, I recognize that the medium is ever-evolving, and there is always room to learn and grow. I am grateful for the opportunity to continue exploring the possibilities of digital artistry and to contribute to the wider community of artists and creatives who are pushing the boundaries of what is possible.

 
Commissions, Sales, and Licensing Opportunities
 
Rich McCoy Artist

If you have a vision for a piece of artwork that you'd like to bring to life, whether it's a striking wall mural, an eye-catching wine label, or a bold record cover, look no further. I'm here to help you turn your creative dreams into reality. And if you're interested in acquiring any of my existing pieces, don't hesitate to get in touch. I'm always happy to discuss licensing, purchasing, or renting options.

In addition to my work as an artist, I also have extensive experience as a professional designer and creative director. So whether you're looking for a stunning new logo for your business or seeking guidance on a larger creative project, I have the skills and expertise to help you achieve your goals. Let's connect and start bringing your ideas to life.

 
Podcasts & Publications
 

Podcast / 21 September 2021

Brave UX - The Space In Between

brave UX

Rich McCoy unpacks some formative experiences from the Kalahari Desert, how we can conquer our creative fears, and why designing lean creates value faster. Highlights include: How has growing up in the Kalahari Desert shaped him? What does it mean to “get primal” with design? How do we get over our fear of showing our work? What are some clues that product teams are out of alignment? How has Dyslexia influenced his creative practice?

Podcast / 28 August 2021

Nodes of Design

nodes of design

In this episode, Rich shared great insights on lean design practices and their frameworks. Rich then spoke on the different ways of scaling lean practices across organizations without compromising the quality of deliverables and how lean practices help rapid innovation and find the right product-market fit.

Magazine / March 2013

In Media 4 Talent

In Media 4 Talent

The esteemed television network hailing from the UK, Channel 4, article featured in their creative talent magazine. The piece focuses on the pioneering efforts of creatives with dyslexia, including myself, who are making waves in the field of creative arts. Through their awe-inspiring and innovative projects, these individuals are elevating the conversation surrounding disabilities, advocating for greater awareness and acceptance.

Magazine / March 2013

New Design

New Design

A piece featuring my home office in the Bay Of Plenty, New Zealand, and exploring the workspaces and environments of creatives. It aims to delve into the unique sources of inspiration that drive our work and showcase the diversity of creative expression that emerges from these spaces.

 
 

Book / 18 May 2012

The Designer's Web Handbook

The Designer's Web Handbook

The Designer's Web Handbook helps any designer understand the full life cycle of a digital product: idea, design, production and maintenance. The best web designers create not only beautiful sites but also sites that function well-for both client and end user.

Book / 26 September 2008

The Web Designer's Idea Book

Web Designer's Idea Book

The Web Designer's Idea Book includes more than 700 websites arranged thematically, so you can find inspiration for layout, color, style and more. Author Patrick McNeil has cataloged more than 5,000 sites on his website, and showcased in this book are the very best examples.

Book / 30 January 2003

Idea Revolution

Idea Revolution

Through activities, exercises and anecdotes this overflowing book gives creativity-tapped graphic designers several methods of generating ideas and reconnecting to their creative energy. This book targets the major obstacles in the creative process by guiding designers through exercises that jolt themselves, their colleagues, and their clients back to life.

Magazine / May 2001

PC FORMAT

PC FORMAT

This website was once an experimental platform where I had the opportunity to showcase my creative vision through playful digital art and innovative interfaces. I'm proud to have learned that the site was even used in the curriculum of Greenwich University London's Digital Design courses. If you're interested in discussing my experience with experimental design and digital art, please don't hesitate to get in touch.

 
13 Tales of Misadventure & Stupidity
1 When I was but a wee lad of 16, I shared an exhibition with none other than the great artist David Hockney. The man didn't have the slightest clue who I was, but I still consider it a feather in my cap.
 
2 I was kidnapped just before my 3rd birthday. The reason? I'm told it was for use in black magic rituals. I've never wanted to know any more details on the matter. Some things are best left unknown.
 
3Phil Rudd, the wild drummer of AC/DC, once approached me with a peculiar request. He wanted me to paint flames on the side of his helicopter as part of a branding project I was working on. Sensing trouble, I politely declined, and I stand by my decision to this day.
4Armed with nothing but a cucumber sandwich and a hangover that would have made Hunter S. Thompson himself giggle, I found myself filming a documentary with Ralph Steadman on the day after my 21st birthday. I don't think I've ever fully recovered from that experience. The lines between reality and madness blurred, and I realized that sometimes, the only way to survive is to let go and embrace the chaos.
 
5The benches of London, Liverpool, Manchester, Birmingham, and Cardiff have all served as my bed at one time or another. Homelessness is no picnic, let me tell you. Encores at gigs are great, but they're rarely worth missing the last train home for. And even the best of friends can become unbearable when you're suffering from sleep deprivation.
 
6Picture this: I'm sitting on the beach of my Waiheke home, watching the sun sink below the horizon, when suddenly my phone rings. On the other end is a famous Hollywood producer, calling me out of the blue about a secret project he's working on. I can't say much more about it, but let's just say it was a conversation I won't soon forget.
7I've seen my fair share of danger, but nothing quite compares to the looming threat of a pineapple. I can't say I trust those prickly fruits, and my allergy to them only heightens my suspicion. But who am I to judge? Life is full of surprises, and death by pineapple would certainly be an unexpected twist.
 
8In the dusty mining town of Botswana, I faced my greatest fear: the imminent loss of my younger brother to a pack of hungry hyenas. But I wasn't about to let those beasts have their way. Armed with nothing but a sturdy stick and sheer determination, I charged headlong into the fray, and emerged victorious. It was a close call, but I emerged from that dusty plain a changed man.
 
9I've always been drawn to the wild and the unexpected, but in the abandoned halls of a women's mental hospital in the UK, I found myself in a world beyond my wildest imaginings. The artists who had taken up residence there were unlike any I had ever encountered, and their performance art left me reeling. As the night wore on and the performance reached its fever pitch, I realized that this was not the kind of community I had been prepared for. And so I fled, chasing the distant lights of the train station across the windswept peaks.
10I've always been drawn to the wild and the unexpected, but in the abandoned halls of a women's mental hospital in the UK, I found myself in a world beyond my wildest imaginings. The artists who had taken up residence there were unlike any I had ever encountered, and their performance art left me reeling. As the night wore on and the performance reached its fever pitch, I realized that this was not the kind of community I had been prepared for. And so I fled, chasing the distant lights of the train station across the windswept peaks.
 
11That blasted black widow spider nearly had me lose my right arm, but I ain't one to hold grudges. However, let's just say that we aren't exactly on speaking terms anymore.
 
12I owe my existence to a donkey with a bad sense of balance and a bullet fired by a Russian soldier in the Khyber Pass. It's a strange thing, really, to be alive because of a combination of such unlikely events. But then again, what is life but a series of unpredictable twists and turns?
13I've got a strange affinity for the number 13, call it an almost obsessive-compulsive disorder if you will. It just seems to follow me around wherever I go.